The TMA-1 takes its name from a magnetic anomaly in Arthur C. Clarke's science fiction classic 2001: A Space Odyssey, with the designers hoping to replicate the durability of the underground monolith that created the disturbance in the novel. This should come as good news to DJs who've gone through multiple pairs in the past due to inevitable mishaps in the booth. The new cans boast a frequency response of 20Hz - 20.000Hz.
The TMA-1 has also been designed alongside Tomas Barfod AKA Tomboy of WhoMadeWho, and Fredski, who together run the Tartelet label. With the help of the Tartelet guys, they've managed to rope in a diverse array of product testers, with Kode9, Michael Mayer, Erol Alkan, Flying Lotus, Matthew Dear, Pilooski, Luciano, Hudson Mohawke and DFA's James Murphy all giving their feedback and advice along the way.
You won't be able to pick up the TMA-1s in any old store, however, as AIAIAI will only be providing stock to Apple stores and retailers, boutiques such as Colette and Bodega, and a select group of record shops that include Phonica, Rotation Records, Hard Wax, Sounds of Universe and Turntable Lab.
Take a look at the below video for a short look at the making of the TMA-1s.
TMA-1 cutdown B/W from AIAIAI on Vimeo.